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Tips for Asthma Sufferers ~ [Issue 0500-3]  Wellness Weekly
 May 16, 2000 12:06 PDT 


Asthma is an allergic condition characterized by difficult breathing
due to bronchial constrictions and spasms. Symptoms such as wheezing,
coughing, and excessive production of mucous begin to manifest as the
body uses the bronchial and nasal passages to rid itself of the
allergen. Herbs and other natural treatments are an excellent way to
alleviate those annoying symptoms.

Ephedra sinica (ma-huang) is the most often prescribed herb for the
treatment of asthma, because it constricts the blood vessels. When
used in combination with other herbs, such as cherry bark, it proves
even more powerful. Ephedra also increases your body's metabolism
rate and assists with weight loss. See
http://www.aomega.com/ahs/m5035b.htm for more information.

Because asthmatic attacks are often triggered by stress, many
herbalists recommend that asthma sufferers take herbs that promote
tranquility and relaxation, such as valerian and passion flower. Even
inhaling a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint on a tissue can be
extremely beneficial to asthma sufferers.

Other herbs beneficial for fighting asthma include: echinacea, ginkgo
biloba, goldenseal, horsetail, juniper berries, licorice, and
slippery elm bark.

A report presented at The Experimental Biology Meeting in San
Francisco reports that consuming foods rich in natural antioxidants
such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and selenium help
protect the lungs. Individuals with allergies and asthma who consume
500 mg of vitamin C daily may experience fewer symptoms.

Quercetin is regarded as an antioxidant, antiviral, and
anti-allergenic agent. Quercetin inhibits the release of
immunoglobulins E (IgE), reducing the initial stages of the
inflammation process that is a factor in asthma and allergic reactions.

A substance known as Lyprinol (http://www.aomega.com/ahs/l1116b.htm)
has been tested and shown to be an effective natural remedy for
treating inflammatory processes associated with arthritis, psoriasis,
and asthma to name a few.

Another natural substance called MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) has
also been a useful deterrent against asthma attacks and its symptoms.
According to Dr. Ronald Lawrence in his book "The Miracle of MSM" -
"from personal and clinical experience, I regard MSM as an exciting
new option against asthma." See http://www.aomega.com/ahs/m1020b.htm
for more information.

Ten basic things asthmatics can do to help reduce their symptoms:

1. Drink plenty of water daily
2. Avoid carbonated drinks
3. Encase bedding with allergen-impermeable covers to avoid contact
with dust mites
4. Regularly wash sheets and blankets in hot water
5. Avoid tobacco smoke
6. Remove household pets from living quarters
7. Decrease indoor humidity to minimize the presence of mold
8. Exterminate cockroaches
9. Avoid ice cream and extremely cold liquids as cold can shock the
bronchial tubes into spasms
10. Regularly eat "beneficial lung foods" which include: winter
squash, carrots, onions, garlic, and dark green leafy vegetables such
as collards and kale.
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